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IBM and Sun give ODF another push

IBM and Sun Microsystems are rallying industry support for the Open Document Format (ODF), the open-source file and document sharing specification.

IBM and Sun Microsystems are rallying industry support for the Open Document Format (ODF), the open-source file and document sharing specification.

Open Document competes against the likes of Adobe’s Portable Document Format (PDF) platform and Microsoft’s fledgling XPS electronic document format.

A meeting set up by IBM and Sun will take place tomorrow in New York with a variety of leading software suppliers on hand to discuss how ODF can be more widely adopted in applications.

The meeting will discuss areas including the wider marketing of the technology and how ODF can be more easily implemented by users.

Novell, which recently joined the ODF technical committee, overseen by the Oasis standards body, will attend, as will Red Hat and others.

ODF is currently supported by the OpenOffice.org productivity suite, Sun's StarOffice 8 collaboration software and IBM Workplace.

The state of Massachusetts is considering rolling out applications that work to ODF, meaning Microsoft Office applications may not be usable for some state business.

Microsoft recently said that its forthcoming Office 12 suite would support an XPS file formatting option as well as native PDF creation.

Microsoft currently has no plans to offer native ODF support.

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